Travellers will get ‘big bang for their buck’ in Niagara Falls in 2013
Travelzoo Inc., a global Internet media company, announced today the five domestic and international destinations where Americans will be able to get the biggest bang for their travel buck in 2013.
Based on industry projections, recent trends and consumer buzz, it is anticipated that these five destinations will yield the strongest collection of “wow” deals.
The 2013 Wow Deal Destinations are Alaska, Colombia, Ireland, New Zealand and Niagara Falls.
“These are exciting times for American travelers,” said Shirley Tafoya, president for Travelzoo North America.
“Thanks to increased carrier routes and revitalized competition among airlines, hotels, cruise lines and tour operators, there are now some serious deals to be found – both here in the U.S. and internationally. This is a trend that we expect to continue through 2013.”
In North America, both Alaska and Niagara Falls represent unique saving opportunities for travelers in 2013. In Alaska, deals are being propelled by new itineraries that increase the capacity of major cruise operations. More ships and departure dates equate to better deals for cruisers.
Travelzoo’s director of cruise content Darlene Carenza says: “We project further savings for travelers when operators bundle tours with land packages, such as hotel accommodation.”
Similarly, hotels in Niagara Falls have embraced new online supply channels, and the resulting frenzy to offer the best online deal has meant huge savings for travelers this year.
In recent months, Travelzoo has run nearly 20 Getaways for Niagara, and most of these deals have included perks, such as restaurant and spa credits, that have essentially made the room rate free. Travelzoo believes 2013 will be another banner year for hotel discounts at this destination.
On the international front, flights to Ireland, New Zealand and Colombia are all seeing increased competition thanks to new routes from major air carriers like United Air Lines, US Airways and American Airlines (for Ireland), Air New Zealand (for New Zealand), and JetBlue Airways, LAN, Spirit Airlines, Taca, Avianca and American Airlines (for Colombia). In addition, recent tourism rallies in both New Zealand and Ireland have encouraged hotel and tour operators to drum up aggressive deals for visitors.
(Source: Canada Newswire)
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Inniskillin named Top Canadian Producer of the Year
Inniskillin Niagara Estate Winery was proud to collect the prestigious Top Canadian Producer of the Year award at the 43rd annual International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC). Winemaker Bruce Nicholson was on hand to receive the award from IWSC President, Mauricio Gonzalez Gordon, amidst the grand setting of the historic Guildhall in London, England.
“Capturing the Top Canadian Producer at the IWSC is a very significant win as our Canadian wine industry continues to grow,” said Inniskillin winemaker Bruce Nicholson, who previously won the Canadian Producer of the Year Award four times as winemaker for Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery. “This is truly an impactful and emotional tribute to all our collective efforts in winemaking and viticulture; it keeps Inniskillin’s highly respected reputation and continued commitment to producing quality wines of excellence in the forefront.”
Winning this award makes Nicholson the only Canadian winemaker to win from two different Canadian viticulture regions and two different Canadian wineries.
“Inniskillin is proud to receive this prestigious award and very proud of Bruce’s accomplishments,” said Franco Timpano, Marketing Director, Inniskillin. “As Canada’s Original Estate winery, we have continued to hone our craft through a dedicated and progressive approach to winemaking. This award not only shows well for our winery, but for Canadian wines as a whole on the global stage.”
|COMPLETE LIST OF AWARDS:|
|OUTSTANDING GOLD (2)||2010 Sparkling Vidal Icewine and 2008 Riesling Icewine*|
|GOLD (2)||2007 Oak-Aged Vidal Icewine and 2007 Cabernet Franc Icewine|
|OUTSTANDING SILVER (1)||2008 Vidal Icewine*|
|SILVER (5)||2007 Riesling Icewine; 2010 Barrel Aged Pinot Gris, Winemaker’s Series|
|2009 Two Vineyards Merlot, Winemaker’s Series*|
|2010 Three Vineyards Chardonnay, Winemaker’s Series|
|2010 Montague Vineyard Chardonnay, Winemaker’s Series|
|BRONZE (1)||2009 Three Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Winemaker’s Series*|
|*Wines still available for sale|
The collective accolades of Nicholson’s 11 awards for 11 submissions led to the trophy for the Top Canadian Winery Award, with over half from the Icewine category. Nicholson was also proud to be on the shortlist for The IWSC Winemaker of the Year Trophy, which is awarded to the producer whose entries achieved the best overall results in the 2011 Competition.